McCain Convention : Political Police ??

The Terrorists at Home

Goodwin et al, who were reporting on the anti-war protests as well as the convention in general.

In what seems to be a plot ripped from the Diary of Ann Frank, the security detail of the Republican National Convention in St. Paul Minnesota decided that journalists carrying on the business of the Free Press was unlawful and  in broad day-light arrested Democracy Now Host Amy Goodman even as she pleaded with them that she was Press, her credentials visibly hanging from a lanyard around her neck.  She was arrested while questioning the unlawful arrest her two colleagues – Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar.  AP Story here. That scene was also replete with cries of ‘Press’ and the conspicuous display of Press credentials, RNC correspondent credentials and in Kouddous’ case – an additional security pass that permitted him on the delegate floor.  As the Democracy Now Web Site’s article and video interview of the three explains – a plainclothes individual was permitted to steal the credentials form Kouddous without interference by the police. He has yet to be identified.

We expect to hear more on this story regarding the motivation for singling out Goodman et al, who were reporting on the anti-war protests as well as the convention in general.

View Video Here

Unnecessary Political Police Force

Memories of Kent State were irrepressible, inasmuch as the police displayed complete disregard…

While the corporate media plays down this affair, the general public will have to rely on the very same ‘corporate-free-press’ to deliver details surrounding the arrest and alleged excessively rough handling of the Democracy Now journalists, including the ‘pincer movement’ used by riot gear clad St. Paul police.  Here’s what the Police Chief John Harrington had to say.

In fairness to the police – it would seem reasonable to plan accordingly since the party of the least popular President in U.S. History – might inspire some vociferous and tightly wound protests; and,  contingencies to quell violence would be expected police procedure.  However, after considerable analysis of the actual occurances in St. Paul, it appears that the strategy and tactics deployed by the police were inconsistent with the preservation of public safety and yielded the trademark disregard for the U.S. Constitution and public safety that distinguishes contemporary American enemies. Memories of Kent State were irrepressible, inasmuch as the police displayed complete disregard for the actuality of the humanity in which was entrusted to their authority.

It is hardly unreasonalbe to assume that the Police leadership was politically inspired.  The presumption is further endorsed by the President’s hurling of political epithets, breaking tradition with long standing protocol of not issuing scathing partisan commentary from the White House, in his address to the RNC Convention, of which he was manuevered away from attending by Party powers.

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One Response

  1. As I see it, the Democratic Party is a lot like a box of chocolates; you’re never sure where the nuts are – whereas the Republican Party is a lot like a chocolate fudge sundae, they tend to put the biggest nuts right on top.

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    I would never hit someone with a hockey stick, unless of course, we were playing hockey. Then I swing at anything that moves.

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